Business owners should always be thinking about their compliance with privacy laws when conducting their business activities. After all, privacy is taken very seriously in Australia and the penalties can be heavy. 

If your business is collecting sensitive personal information from clients, you may need to get a Privacy Consent Form

What Is A Privacy Consent Form?

A Privacy Consent Form basically allows your clients to consent to your collection of their personal information. It can also extend to consent to the use and disclosure of that information to third parties

You might be wondering, ‘How is this any different to a Privacy Policy or a simple online disclaimer?’

Well, a Privacy Consent Form has a little more detail. It also outlines the nature of the sensitive information you’re collecting, the reason you’re collecting it, whether it is authorised by law and the consequences if you don’t collect it. 

If your business is handling sensitive information from clients, it’s a good idea to get a Privacy Consent Form to be on the safe side. 

Do I Need A Privacy Consent Form?

Generally, compliance with privacy laws (that is, compliance with the Privacy Act 1988) only applies to businesses with an annual turnover that exceeds $3 million. 

There are some exceptions to this rule, such as businesses who are handling health information. 

Either way, businesses should always take the right measures to protect their customers’ privacy and sensitive information to avoid any legal headaches later. So yes, it’s always a good idea to have a Privacy Consent Form in place if you’re handling any sensitive information due to the risks that exist online. 

Where Can I Get A Privacy Consent Form?

Our expert lawyers can help you draft a Privacy Consent Form tailored to your business’ needs. Our package includes:

  • A Privacy Consent Form
  • Phone consultations with a Sprintlaw lawyer who will advise you on the legal issues that apply to you

Need Help?

Privacy laws in Australia can be very strict and taken very seriously, so you want to make sure your business is compliant. 

Whether or not the Privacy Act applies to you, it’s good business practice to have the right policies and consent forms in place when handling sensitive information. This way, you can protect your customers and your business. 

If you would like a consultation on your options going forward, you can reach us at 1800 730 617 or for a free, no-obligations chat.

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